When an elder’s fall becomes epic #MugabeFalls

MaDube's Reflections

Growing up, the cardinal rule of my existence was that elderly people- all elderly people- deserve respect, by virtue of being old. The sense of respect for the elders is a part of our African cultural values, centred in our belief that the elderly are repositories of wisdom and history, carrying the knowledge of the hidden trails of our journey as a people from centuries past. We respect and obey our elders, deferring to them to make critical decisions because we believe they inherently wise. Aging is symbolic of personal growth, personal strength, and resourcefulness and as such is considered an achievement. Spirit mediums such as Sekuru Kaguvi were revered, and, in consulting them, my people believed they were consulting oracles, trusting in their wisdom and foresight to provide guidance and direction.

As Emeka Emeakaroha argues, quoting William Conton: “Africans generally have deep and ingrained respect for old age, and…

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Career counseling #9: Greg`s offers

Dealing with epilepsy

Another crossroad in the life of a graduate or that of an unemployed person is receiving the offer. You smile, scream and say that you`re saved.

But what happens when you receive two (or more) offers? In Greg`s case, the problem was that he has to choose between a well-paid, but meaningless, hateful job and a job that he would love, but with far less money. After months of receiving unemployment aid and barely surface, he has a very tough choice ahead.

Greg has thought about it, weighing advantages and disadvantages, creating SWOT`s and everything that a person who has a choice in front of it will do.

imagesTwo months have passed and he decided. He`ll take the well-paid job for a couple of years and, after that, he will do what he loved to do. It was a compromise willing to make. Calling up the company, he was…

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